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Erdogan isn't too mysterious. Kushner is.

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Submitted by Michael S, Apr 22, 2017 at 17:23

Mystery #1: Holding the referendum.

Erdogan wants power, and more power. No mystery there.

Mystery #2: The referendum results. Erdoğan brought enormous pressure to bear for a momentous victory in the referendum. He made full use of his control of most media. Mosques were mobilized.

Is it a mystery in the Middle East, that a dictator who has the backing of the mullahs can get what he wants?

Mystery #3: Gülen: Erdoğan wantonly ended a key alliance with fellow-Islamist Fethullah Gülen

He also wantonly ended peace talks with the Kurds, wantonly shot down a Russian Jet, wantonly attacked Israel with the Gaza flotilla, and has wantonly done pretty much as he pleases. I don't know Turkish. "Recep Tayyip" must mean "wanton". If it dowesn't, it should. Other ME leaders are equally wanton, Bashar al-Assad being a case in point.

Mystery #4: Semantic purism. ...Erdoğan could have made this meaningless concession and arrested anyone he wanted on other charges, but he refused to...

OK. That seems a mystery; but not, if one just considers Erdogan to be a raving lunatic. Hitler is a good comparison. RTE even looked like him, in his younger days -- especially when giving speeches.

Mystery #5: Canny or megalomaniacal.

Does a 1000 room palace hint at "megalomaiacal"? I suppose that playing cat-and-mouse with Israel could be called "canny"

I don't think Erdogan is much of a mystery. Jared Kushner and his father-in-law... THOSE are a mystery. People tend to focus on Trump's mannerisms and m.o. I am more concerned about Jared, and whether he has any scruples. Erdogan is a nuissance to Israel; but Kushner could imperil the world, given half a chance.

Can you imagine someone buying 666 Fifth Avenue, at inflated prices, to be the center of his empire in Born-again America? Either the lad is completely ignorant of what he is doing, or he has a BIG agenda -- one that certainly spells "trouble" for Christians.

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